Each month we write about our favourite elearning apps … and this month it’s the video-conference system called Zoom !Zoom describes itself as a video conferencing and web conferencing service.
It’s everything you might expect from a cloud based video conferencing system, including high quality audio and video, screen sharing, whiteboard with annotation, messaging, and recording.
The Zoom team have done a great job in making things easy, and eve if you have never used it before after 10 minutes you will be up and running.
We particularly like the fact that there are Zoom Apps for iOS and Android – and these are good, not just pale imitations of the web browser experience. Even better, there are clients for Windows, Mac, and Linux !
Surprisingly, even the free level has great features including:
- Host up to 100 participants
- Unlimited 1 to 1 meetings
- Unlimited number of meetings
- Online support
There is a 40 minute limit on group meetings at the free level.
One of the reasons we use Zoom for our ElearningWorld monthly web-meetings is that a participant does not require a Zoom account in order to join a meeting – this makes it SO easy to reach new people, or indeed meet with people who are not so technically savvy.
There are alternatives out there. And no piece of software provides the solution that everyone wants, or needs. But if you are looking to use a video-conference or live meeting provision to go alongside our Moodle e-learning courses for example, then Zoom has to be worth a look, and the free level and clients will give you enough to get a real feel for the service 🙂